Wild Ideas

Wild Ideas

Book - 2015
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Text and illustrations explore how animals big and small show a capacity for innovation, and encourages readers to seek inspiration from the world around them.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Owlkids Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781771470629
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Kim, Soyeon


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Dec 16, 2017

A great book with amazing art! A great challenge for innovative thinking and problem solving!

Aug 31, 2017

Simple and engaging. 5 year old loved to read this and seemed to take from the message the concept of problem solving and the illustrations had him even more fascinated and engrossed in looking at all the details.

Dec 08, 2015

Soyeon Kim is an art instructor for children's art classes here in Oakville at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre! Amazing instructor!

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

"Encourages readers to be creative about solving problems by looking at the ways that different types of animals find solutions to their dilemmas, and drawing ideas and inspiration from their innovative behaviour." Kids' Books September 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1041c1e6-0f52-4f9c-b755-c1628d7a9ac6?postId=8c10e2db-9729-46f9-a58a-3c53e447140c

Jul 04, 2015

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forbesrachel Jul 02, 2015

When it comes to picture books, there are some concepts that are challenging to teach. How to solve problems is probably one of the most difficult, because even as adults it comes down to the whims of our minds. Wild ideas successfully manages to convey some useful tips by saying, if you hit a snag, it's time to think outside the box, and there is a world full of examples that can spark your imagination. Sea otters use tools, humpback whales cooperate, and "baboons get guidance from their dads". Once again Kelsey teams up with Soyeon Kim who combines drawn and painted figures, cut paper, and other materials into a portrait with layers of depth. Their first collaboration, Are You Stardust, was stunning, Wild Ideas is even more so; the most beautiful example is when a group of whales circles a school of fish to gather and eat them. Kids ride on, play, and interact with the animals on each cheerfully coloured page. By using these creatures, Kelsey fosters the idea that they are like us. Animals solve problems in surprising ways, and we can too; use the objects at your disposal, work together, and ask for advice. There may be times when you get frustrated, and the ever elusive inspiration won't always help, but you need to keep trying because sometimes the solution will be something totally unexpected.

MariePat May 13, 2015

Interesting book about how animals solve problems. Visually stunning illustrations, but the subject matter is iffy.

BklynKalliopiM May 08, 2015

Soyeon Kim's diorama's in WILD IDEAS are enchanting - each page is full of color and delicately created scenes that truly ignite the imagination. Some may remember Elin Kelsey's YOU ARE STARDUST, with art also by Kim. A beautiful new book teaching young ones how to solve problems with inspiration from nature.

"Chimpanzees fold leaves to spoon cool drinks of water. Sea otters balance rocks on their bellies, perfect for cracking crabs...Problems that need solving will always be a part of life. Untame your imagination..."
Ideal for ages 3-7.

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